Time off for depression - what to do with myself?
May 23, 2014 12:23 PM Subscribe
How would you use two weeks off work to hack your depression/relax/chill out?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (34 answers total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
I'm stuck. I'm in my late twenties, living in London UK... depressed, anxious, broke.
Some background: I'm on meds (two weeks into effexor after trying Zoloft) and have a good doctor, and see a nutritionist. Try to sleep right, don't drink and all those 'good' things. I'm frustatrated as hell as I've been in this funk for about a year but I'm not feeling normal yet. There's ups and downs. And more downs. With this med switcharoo (I think) and some stressy work stuff I've been having panic attacks at precisely the wrong time... basically being a mess. My Dr gently suggested some time off and my boss agrees.
So it looks like I might be able to take two weeks off work on compassionate/sick leave. Question is, what do I do for these two weeks. Seriously? I'm a worried digital professional who's connected too much anyway. What do I do for this time? Especially when I've got no money (seriously no spare cash at all, my partner is unemployed). I guess I want to make use of this time too... Get better in some way.
Um, so I guess my question is; how would you use these two weeks to hack your depression/relax/chill out when you don't know how to?
Aside from cash flow; assume I'm open to any ideas. Feeling really desperate about my mental health (of course forgot to mention I am on a wait list for free therapy).